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1Urquhart
Jun 4, 2016, 4:42pm

I love Pets!!!

We have had cats and Mr. Durick loves cats, but I prefer dogs.

In my next life I am going to have TWO greyhounds and I will not race them. We will just have a good time walking through the woods and exploring.

2John5918
Jun 5, 2016, 4:15am

We keep pedigree Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Beautiful dogs, originally bred to hunt lions (although that's not what we use them for, I hasten to add). We bred a litter of nine last year, all of which have now gone to good homes in Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Sadly the dam got an infection afterwards and cannot breed again, but someone has just offered us another female so maybe we will have the patter of little Ridgeback feet again in the future. Actually that's not true - Ridgebacks don't have little feet, whatever their age. They are big dogs; ours both weigh in at nearly 40 kg each.

We hope to move to our new home in the countryside by next year, and then we will almost certainly have to get a cat or two to keep the rats and snakes away.

3.Monkey.
Jun 5, 2016, 4:27am

>2 John5918: Oh they are gorgeous dogs, I envy you getting to play with all the cute pups!

4Urquhart
Jun 5, 2016, 5:30am

Gulp!

Rhodesian Ridgebacks-
B E A U T I F U L dogs!

We seem them often here in the parks in NY.

What is their disposition?

5John5918
Jun 5, 2016, 5:43am

>4 Urquhart:

Beautiful dogs. They have a lovely nature, very friendly and loyal.

They can be stubborn. If our male dog doesn't want to do something he just flops down on the ground and gives me his, "What are you going to do about it?" look. At 40 kg, there's generally not much one can do; it's not like a little dog which you can pick up and carry.

6southernbooklady
Jun 5, 2016, 10:22am

I have a houseful of pets, but I don't know that rates as a current event. :) I do take issue with the Pope's recent implication that having pets is some version of conspicuous consumption.

7wifilibrarian
Jun 6, 2016, 8:18pm

We have two miniature dachshunds that keep me busy. In current events, we have a rat that thinks it deserves to live inside, much to our dogs frustration and our disgust. We even had a game of tag at 2am this morning with the dogs trying to catch the awful thing, but they were too slow.

Not a pet, but animal lovers are sure to have an opinion on Harambe, the Gorilla that was recently shot after a boy fell into his enclosure at Cincinnati zoo. They're not going to charge the parents for letting the child in, and the internet has been outraged and suggested a trank dart should have been used instead. I have mixed feelings about zoos, and maybe the ultimate way to have saved Harambe is for him to have never been caged in the first place. Their stated aims are that of education, promoting environmentalism and conservation of habitats, but so much of their work is about entertaining small children. When more and more animals in zoos are the last of their kind conservation isn't working. Captive breeding programs might be justified but as soon as humans start interfering with a wild species, even simply selecting which breeding pairs, they aren't truly wild anymore.

Do you think they were right to shoot Harambe? I found it amazing to read how often this has happened and about previous cases where Gorillas, both female and male, protected children that fell into their cages.

8dajashby
Jun 6, 2016, 9:29pm

We have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - photos on the profile. We have had a succession of cats over the years, but no more because of the damage they do to the furniture, which now includes inherited tapestry covered chairs!

9nyakaoi
Jun 7, 2016, 11:55am

Aw, I love King Charles Spaniels! Many of my friends have them, and my sister has one, but I'm debating whether or not to get one. Do you recommend this breed? If not, I'll just adopt another shelter cat--- I'm currently petless but I think I'm ready for another pet.

10lilithcat
Jun 7, 2016, 12:07pm

>6 southernbooklady:

I have a houseful of pets, but I don't know that rates as a current event. :)

My cats would contend that they and their daily activities are far more important and interesting that anything we consider "current events". Lord knows that most of the time I'd rather enjoy their antics than those of Rauner/Madigan/Emanuel or Trump/Sanders/Clinton.

11lilithcat
Jun 7, 2016, 12:11pm

>7 wifilibrarian:

They're not going to charge the parents for letting the child in

The parents did not "let the child in". Mom turned away for a few seconds to look after her other kids, and the boy got away from her.

and the internet has been outraged and suggested a trank dart should have been used instead.

"the internet"? "the internet" does not have an opinion or emotions. Some people on the internet are outraged. In any case, a trank dart takes time to act. There wasn't time.

Gorillas, both female and male, protected children that fell into their cages.

But that's not what happened here. The child was being roughly dragged around and was in danger of serious injury or worse.

Do you think they were right to shoot Harambe?

Yes, I do. From everything I have read, there were no alternatives.

12wifilibrarian
Jun 7, 2016, 4:08pm

>11 lilithcat: that's all I meant, that the child got into the cage.

I'm sorry I didn't use "some people on the internet" of course I didn't mean everyone on the internet agrees. But I think you knew what I meant. The media here has presented the story and the debate online as being strongly in favor against shooting the Gorilla and that people felt lots of anger towards the mother. I don't agree with that, and don't know if that's true or not as I've not survey'd the entire internet myself, which I see I should do before I try to bring up another topic.

And it turns out I agree with you.

13dajashby
Jun 7, 2016, 7:36pm

#9
Cavvies are very suitable if you don't have a lot of space. They are serious lap dogs as I'm sure you know, you can't keep them off the couch. I have heard them described as "little big dogs" because there is a labrador inside trying to get out. They share the equable temperament, and the greed! And the fur shedding.

They don't need a lot of exercise, but you do have to watch their weight. As puppies they chew everything. The worst thing is a tendency to clogged up anal glands which have to be squeezed by the vet.

Get one from a reputable breeder, to minimise the risk of heart trouble.